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Protest at giant wind turnbines

RESIDENTS living high on the moors in a remote Pennine parish are furious at proposals to erect three giant wind turbines near their homes. Banks Developments, which operates a landfill site near Hepworth Building Products at Crow Edge, wants to erect three 125 metre high wind turbines on the land.

Banks Developments, which operates a landfill site near Hepworth Building Products at Crow Edge, wants to erect three 125 metre high wind turbines on the land.

The idea is to capture wind to generate electricity and sell it to the National Grid. An existing windfarm of 13 turbines, which are 75 metres high, is already operating at nearby Royd Moor.

But residents who live less than 1,000 metres away from the proposed site say they don't want any more turbines near their homes.

They are already angry at plans being considered by neighbouring Kirklees Council for three giant turbines at Denby Dale, which they say will be clearly visible from the Crow Edge and Royd Moor area.

They say the latest proposals will spoil the environment and visual appearance of the countryside and create a noise nuisance. One resident living in a detached executive home in the Foxhole Grove area said: "It's a ridiculous suggestion. People choose to live out here because we are high on the moors, with stunning views. "

Dunford Parish Council chairman Alan Pestell said: "My personal opinion is these three huge turbines will be intrusive and are only a mile from the Peak National Park.

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Banks Developments, which operates a landfill site near Hepworth Building Products at Crow Edge, wants to erect three 125 metre high wind turbines on the land.

The idea is to capture wind to generate electricity and sell it to the National Grid. An existing windfarm of 13 turbines, which are 75 metres high, is already operating at nearby Royd Moor.

But residents who live less than 1,000 metres away from the proposed site say they don't want any more turbines near their homes.

They are already angry at plans being considered by neighbouring Kirklees Council for three giant turbines at Denby Dale, which they say will be clearly visible from the Crow Edge and Royd Moor area.

They say the latest proposals will spoil the environment and visual appearance of the countryside and create a noise nuisance. One resident living in a detached executive home in the Foxhole Grove area said: "It's a ridiculous suggestion. People choose to live out here because we are high on the moors, with stunning views. "

Dunford Parish Council chairman Alan Pestell said: "My personal opinion is these three huge turbines will be intrusive and are only a mile from the Peak National Park.

"We are trying to attract tourism to this area and having three giant turbines will be a blot on the landscape. The noise they will make will affect people living nearby."

Hepworth Building Products, which used to own the site in question, did seek planning permission for seven smaller wind turbines in the same area some years ago, but the application was rejected by Barnsley Council and the decision upheld at a subsequent public inquiry.

Several other application for wind turbines at Bullhouse, Royd Moor and Dunford have also been rejected.

Although Banks Developments have not formally submitted a planning application for the giant turbines they are expected to apply for permission to install a wind speed measuring device on the site in the near future.

Source: http://www.sheffieldtoday.n...

FEB 10 2006
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